Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee change over at Toys for Joys

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial -

We are pleased to pass the torch onto the new ex­ec­u­tive, for the an­nual Roger Lyon Me­mo­rial “Toys for Joys”. I.e. Todd Kent and his com­mit­tee will take on this task.

Started in 1993 at the Ashua­nipi Club by the late Roger Lyon and his band 6 Pack, a mod­est sum of $2,500 was raised for kids at Christ­mas and blos­somed into “five fig­ure num­bers” where we were able to, not only take care of the im­me­di­ate need of kids for Christ­mas, but also help fam­i­lies trav­el­ling with sick chil­dren with monies left over through The Knights of Colum­bus.

All this was pos­si­ble through the many spon­sors and vol­un­teer peo­ple who came to­gether through those years. Some who stand out we will name here and if we omit any­one we apol­o­gize but you know who you are and we, and the kids, deeply ap­pre­ci­ate your con­tri­bu­tion.

So in no par­tic­u­lar or­der:

The lo­cal mu­si­cians of Labrador West who al­ways come to­gether for this and many other func­tions when asked to do so. To name a few - the band De­tour, Rebel, The Bys, Cold Shot, Pat Car­roll etc. and many more. Noth­ing like this gets done with­out the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ers.

Spon­sors like – Mol­sons, La­batts, Pal Air­lines, Fitz’s, Town of Labrador City, The Scout Lodge

Shawn Oliver and the Labrador West Arts & Cul­ture Cen­tre.

The lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity who do­nated when our can­vassers called on them. Past can­vassers - Brid­get Baker, Katie Quin­ton. Presently Jesse Tobin, Michelle Hussey, Pam Water­man and Rick De­laney.

Both the ser­vice clubs – Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 47, Knights of Colum­bus. The funds are distributed through the Knights of Colum­bus as re­quests come in.

Men­tion of two very im­por­tant peo­ple in the Knights and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated for their ef­forts over the years are - Joe and Patsy Pur­cell. These two peo­ple, went out, pur­chased toys, gifts needed, for the list of chil­dren they were given, or­ga­nized the wrap­ping, de­liv­ery in time for Christ­mas – This was, and is the fun­da­men­tal rea­son, the man­date of Toys for Joys.

Thank you Roger Lyon from all the kids and fam­i­lies who have ben­e­fited from the event over the years, and fi­nally a heart­felt thanks to the gen­eral pub­lic who come out to the an­nual Toys for Joys dance and take part. If we missed any­one it was not in­ten­tional, and to name every­one is not pos­si­ble here.

Please wel­come and show the same sup­port for the new ex­ec­u­tive, and en­sure this venture to be suc­cess­ful for many years to come. This fundraiser is a very im­por­tant part of our com­mu­ni­ties here in Labrador West and is the envy of many places where they have heard of it.

See you at the Le­gion in Labrador City – Nov. 24

Sin­cerely for “Toys for Joys” Bill Ab­bott

Fred Fewer

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